Today's public schools don't limit themselves to teaching the Three Rs to average students. Newton High School (Sussex County) teacher David Hegner and teacher assistant Sandy Thorpe have created a program that meets the special needs of moderate, cognitively impaired high school students who are planning ahead to enter the workforce after graduation.
The Ultimate Field Trip, funded by a $3,505 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, will teach students specific landscaping skills and build a sense of community spirit within the students.
And expansion of an existing partnership with the local YMCA, students will learn how to operate and maintain a greenhouse, learn how to use tools for landscaping and transplanting, and develop a sense of team work.
Among the skills taught are: trail maintenance, trail marking, clean-up, landscaping, tree transplanting, construction of campfire areas, bridge construction, the proper use of tools, and correct job attitudes.
In addition to learning new skills, students will develop a sense of community service and commitment to tasks.
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